ISO 12944-4: Surface Preparation Standards

ISO 12944-4: Surface Preparation Standards

Preparing Steel Surfaces for Corrosion Protection Coating

In our previous article in this series discussing ISO 12944, the standard providing guidance for the corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems, we looked at what the standard says about steel structure design and corrosion. In this article, we examine the main points of Part 4 of ISO 12944 which lays out instructions covering surface preparation for different types of surface.

What Is Surface Preparation?

Surface preparation is the first-stage treatment of a steel substrate which must be undertaken before applying a protective coating. Correct surface preparation is essential to the success of the corrosion protection coating being applied.

The objectives of surface preparation are to:

  • Remove deleterious matter
  • Produce a surface that enables paint to adhere to the steel
  • Minimise the contaminants that initiate corrosion

Mill scale must be removed from new hot rolled steel (in accordance with ISO 8501-1) in order to produce a surface profile that is appropriate for the coating system to be applied (which will be defined in the painting specification).

When surface preparation is carried out, health and safety regulations must be observed, and the surfaces that are to be prepared must be accessible and adequately illuminated. Burrs, sharp edges, and weld spatter should normally be removed around weld details and steel edges; this is generally carried out during the fabrication stage of new steel structures. More details on preparation grades can be found in ISO 8501-3, which define acceptance criteria based on a given specification requirement.

Factors that affect surface preparation

There are many factors that affect the surface preparation strategy and method chosen. These include:

  • Whether it is an existing or new structure (and age)
  • The structure’s location
  • The quality of the previous surface prior to preparation
  • The performance of the coating system
  • The type of corrosive environment
  • The coating system that is likely to be used

The preparation grade necessary to provide the required surface cleanliness and the surface profile (roughness) should also be considered.

Types of surfaces covered by ISO 12944-4

The standard covers surfaces of steel structures consisting of carbon or low-alloy steel of the following types:

  • Uncoated surfaces, consisting of bare steel (which are assessed in accordance with ISO 8501-1)
  • Metal coated surfaces, which include hot-dip-galvanised surfaces, zinc electroplated surfaces, sherardized surfaces, and thermally sprayed surfaces
  • Surfaces painted with prefabrication primer (in accordance with EN 10238)

The standard is mainly concerned with the protection of carbon steel new-build structures or extensive maintenance projects to be cleaned back to bare metal.

Surface preparation methods

The method used to prepare the surface for its corrosion protection coating should remove as much oil, grease, dirt, salts, and other contaminants as possible before further surface preparation is performed. Once known contaminants have been removed, testing may be required to detect less visible contaminants such as soluble salts (as per ISO 8502-6).

Any corroded material that exists should be removed by manual or mechanical techniques, though no sound metal should be removed unnecessarily. When preparing surfaces, the two types of surface preparation are:

  • Primary – which takes the whole surface to bare steel
  • Secondary – which leaves the sound parts of any coatings as they are

Methods that might be used to prepare surfaces for their protective coating include (but are not limited to):

·         Water, solvent, and chemical cleaning

A water jet may be used if the contaminants to be removed include water soluble materials and loose rust or paint coatings.

If detergents are used in the cleaning process, then the surface should be rinsed with clean, fresh water after cleaning.

·         Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning removes oil and grease, though again the surface should then be rinsed with clean, fresh water if detergent is added to the steam. Further testing may be carried out to determine the presence of oil and grease in accordance with ISO 8502-7.

Other methods to remove oil and grease include emulsion cleaning, alkaline cleaning, and organic solvent cleaning.

·         Chemical conversion cleaning

For hot-dip-galvanized surfaces, electroplated-zinc coatings, and sherardized surfaces, cleaning may be carried out by chemical conversion. Such treatments can only be used if the manufacturer of the paint system to be applied approves this type of cleaning.

·         Stripping

Solvent-borne pastes or alkaline pastes may be used to strip paint coatings, though this is usually used only on small areas and then followed by other appropriate cleaning.

·         Mechanical cleaning

Mechanical cleaning methods include cleaning with power tools, blast cleaning (of various types), and flame cleaning. Blast cleaning may be used to remove contaminants, to smooth or roughen the surface metallic coatings, or to remove a surface layer. ISO 8503-3 details these methods.

What if the surface preparation doesn’t achieve its aim?

The requirements of surface preparation are based on a range of preparation grades that are laid out in ISO 12944-4. If the required preparation grade is not achieved – or if the surface condition has changed before the coating system is applied – then further surface preparation must be carried out.

Who can carry out surface preparation work?

The standard is specific in describing who can carry out surface preparation work, saying that:

Personnel carrying out surface preparation work shall have suitable equipment and sufficient technical knowledge of the processes involved to enable them to carry out the work in accordance with the required specification.

After the surface has been prepared, it must be assessed as fit for the coating system to be used. There are separate standards that regulate testing and how testing must be carried out – ISO 8501 and ISO 8502.

The Institute of Corrosion Coating and Inspection Training Courses – presented by IMechE Argyll Ruane and Corrodere – will help ensure your painters and inspectors work to the latest industry standards and benefit from new technology and innovative approaches. For more information, contact us today.

In our next ISO 12944 article, we look at laboratory performance test methods and the changes that were made to these in the latest revision of the standard.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with ICorr or download our guide ‘Surface Preparation Methods’.

Passive Fire Protection – The Financial Cost of Getting It Wrong

Passive Fire Protection – The Financial Cost of Getting It Wrong

There is change afoot in the world of passive fire protection (PFP), especially in the protection of structures in high-risk industries such as oil and gas. Unlike in many other sectors, it is the industry itself that is leading the way in more stringent competencies in application and inspection of PFP to ensure quality installations.

What are the forces that are driving this change? In this article, the first in a six-part series we’ll be publishing over the coming weeks, we look at the financial cost of getting passive fire protection application wrong.

What is passive fire protection?

PFP systems reduce the rate at which temperature rises on the protected structure. They do this primarily through heat absorption, reflection and insulation. They are passive because they don’t require external activation to work, such as water deluge, which is why they are considered more reliable, provided they are installed correctly.

In high-risk facilities such as offshore oil and gas installations, the most common form of PFP is epoxy intumescent coatings. These protect structural steel from extreme heat and provide full corrosion protection. They work by swelling and producing a carbonaceous char when heated, which insulates the steel substrate.

How are PFP coatings applied?

Epoxy intumescent coatings are usually applied by spray application using dedicated spray pumps. They must be applied onto properly prepared surfaces, and surface preparation and priming are critical to their adhesion and, in consequence, longevity. Epoxy PFP systems are frequently reinforced with a fibre mesh system, the primary purpose of which is to reinforce the char formed in a fire situation. On occasion they might be reinforced with a wire mesh, but in some systems there is no reinforcement. Typically, the thickness of an epoxy intumescent coating is between 3mm and 20mm.

The significant advantage of epoxy PFP coatings is their toughness and durability, meaning that they can be applied to steel before it is erected. In modular construction they have the ability to withstand the steel deformation when modules are loaded for transportation to their installation site and during the offloading and installation process.

PFP is failing – but why?

The international standards for PFP have been improved tremendously over the last few decades, especially in response to headline disasters like Piper Alpha and more recent incidents. However, in recent years the industry has witnessed a marked increase in the failure of PFP before the plant is commissioned. The reason for this appears to be changing market dynamics. Let us explain.

There used to be only very few manufacturers that produced epoxy PFP intumescent coatings. It was a highly specialised field, and consequently the margins were high. These manufacturers would provide free-of-charge on-site technical service personnel to help ensure correct application of PFP.

Over the years an increasing number of manufacturers have entered the epoxy intumescent market, chasing the same market opportunity. Consequently, margins have been reduced and a level of commoditisation has taken place. Additionally, the drive in the oil and gas industry to reduce project costs has exerted considerable pressure in all areas of construction and supply. The result has been an inability for manufacturers to offer the same level of on-site technical services that was previously provided free of charge, and instead fabricators and contractors are charged for these services. There is no doubt that this has resulted in a reduction in available competency to ensure quality installations.

A further factor is the tendency to treat epoxy intumescent coatings like paint and even to call them ‘paint’. Whilst they are similar, especially the epoxy types, there are significant differences requiring specific skills and understanding for quality PFP installations.

Shortage of early-stage technical competency is a false economy

PFP is an expensive necessity, and from a financial point of view keeping a lid on those costs is important. However, the cost of correcting poorly applied PFP is colossal. When a PFP system is incorrectly installed or fails, the impact can include:

  • Risk to the project schedule and potential delay of production due to lack of authority to operate whilst corrective action is taken
  • The high cost of access, including scaffolding, to carry out remedial work, particularly in the offshore environment
  • Impact on other trades whilst areas are ‘quarantined’ for corrective PFP work to be carried out
  • The sheer difficulty of removing and reinstating in an on-site environment

Experience from a leading coatings manufacturer shows that:

Offshore maintenance is 15 to 20 times more expensive than performing work at a yard, and corrosion accounts for 60% of offshore maintenance costs. Further, 85% of coating failures appear within 1 to 3 years, with 95% of failures occurring because of:

  • Incorrect specification choice
  • Poor surface preparation
  • Poor application
  • Climatic conditions

To put this into perspective, PFP that is commissioned at an implementation cost of, say, $10 million for a facility in an isolated area of the world (the best fields are usually isolated, right?) and is poorly implemented could cost $150 million to $200 million in rectification costs.

From a purely financial viewpoint, it’s clear that if you spend money upfront you save hugely on project overrun costs, let alone the project complexity of re-work.

How the industry is evolving

The industry is calling for improved competency in the application and inspection of PFP. It simply cannot continue to burn cash on rectification requirements that could and should be avoided. Whilst development, testing and certification for use of PFP materials is regulated, the application and inspection of PFP is not regulated in the same way.

Currently, owner operators specify that inspectors should be paint level 2 qualified as a minimum. What this means is that someone who has good knowledge of paint, but no knowledge or experience of PFP, can go onto a site and inspect PFP. As manufacturers continue to bring new and improved products to the market, with additional features and benefits, this issue is magnified.

In response to this and other issues, PFPNet was established around four years ago to tackle what was becoming a significant loss of skill in the industry across a broad range of PFP topics. With an objective to improve knowledge and understanding, and increase competency across the hydrocarbon passive fire protection industry, PFPNet – whose membership comprises owners, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and others – has tapped into the skills of its members to tackle key subjects including improving quality of installation.

As PFPNet has evolved and grown with a broad range of membership of companies and individuals who truly understand the business, it has become clear that there is a real desire to develop best practice, navigate regulations, and remove confusion and conflicts.

The result is the evolution of a new PFPNet Competency Framework, which will lay out the knowledge and competency levels expected across all disciplines in the fireproofing of industrial facilities. It is expected that this framework will be mandated by owners and other stakeholders as a requirement for projects and operations.

To stay in the know and be part of the PFP conversation, contact either John Dunk at PFPNet or David Mobbs at ICorr.

Outstanding Achievement Awards in Corrosion Science

Outstanding Achievement Awards in Corrosion Science

Recognising Past, Present and Future Talent

Each year, the Institute of Corrosion presents several internationally recognised Outstanding Achievement awards in corrosion science. These are presented to individuals to recognise their contribution to furthering knowledge, learning and research in this specialised field. The awards range from cash to a sword of which King Arthur would have been proud.

Here’s a summary of the prestigious awards that are coordinated by the Corrosion Science Division, and presented to past, present, and potential pioneers in corrosion science.

Lionel Shreir Award

Presented at the Corrosion Science Symposium, the Lionel Shreir Award is presented to the student judged to have given the best presentation at the symposium. A sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division selects the recipient from all those who present at the event. This year, the symposium will be an online event for the first time, which brings in a whole new dimension to presenting skills. The criteria for selection for the award are:

  • Originality and creativity of research
  • Knowledge of corrosion science and practice
  • Clarity of presentation and rapport with audience
  • Clarity when answering questions

Submissions of 200-word abstracts detailing a 10-minute talk that students would like to give are being accepted from students around the world. These abstracts will be reviewed, and those selected will be contacted and asked to provide an extended abstract by Friday 28th August 2020.

For the opportunity to be awarded the highly sought-after certificate and cash prize, send your abstract to by Friday 17th July 2020.

Galloway Award

We have begun to receive nominations from overseas already for this award, which consists of a certificate and a cash sum.

The Galloway Award is presented to the student author of what the judging committee decide is the best published paper that describes original research in corrosion science and engineering during the last year.

In addition to the certificate and cash sum, a summary of the winner’s paper will be published in the Corrosion Magazine. (Don’t worry, if you’re the winner, you retain copyright of your work – allowing you to publish in other scientific journals.) The international reach of this magazine gives the student even more exposure to the global corrosion community.

Submissions of papers that have either been published in the last 12 months or are in draft form should be sent to the Corrosion Science Division Chair Julian Wharton, by email to

T.P. Hoar Award

This award is reserved for those authors who have papers published in Corrosion Science and recognises the best paper from the previous year. A sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division selects the winning paper, which is announced by the end of the year. The winning authors receive a certificate and a cash sum.

U.R. Evans Award

The U.R. Evans Award is the premier award of the Institute of Corrosion. An annual award, it is presented by the President of ICorr to an eminent researcher, corrosion scientist, academic, or industrialist. The recipient is selected by a Corrosion Science Division panel, and invited to give the plenary talk at the Corrosion Science Symposium. (The picture at the head of this article is Dr. Peter Andresen with the U.R. Evans award that was presented to him in 2014.)

It is usually at this event that the recipient is presented with their award and they are also granted Honorary Life Fellowship of the Institute. The award itself is a broadsword, and one that takes an edge – which has proved somewhat problematic in previous years.

Dr Julian Wharton recalls some trials and tribulations a previous winner of the award had in getting the sword home. “The sword had to go down to New Zealand in 2015, and the recipient had to try to get the ceremonial sword through customs. The winner, Professor David Williams, had real difficulties.

Then you take it to university, and they say, ‘You want to hang a sword in your office?’

The sword’s design has been modified slightly over time, and is no longer made from stainless steel. While a proper sword, if kept in non-ideal conditions they can corrode slightly. “But clearly, the recipient should be able to deal with any corrosion, given their background,” says Dr Wharton.

Robert Cottis – this year’s winner of the U.R. Evans Award

Professor Robert Cottis was appointed Professor Emeritus in Corrosion Science and Engineering on his retirement in 2011 after an exceptional career in the field of corrosion science. Here’s a potted history of his life in corrosion science:

  • Graduated in Natural Science, specialising in Metallurgy in 1967
  • Awarded a PhD in 1973 for work on electrodeposition in the fluidized electrode at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Cambridge
  • Appointed as a Project Manager, then Research Manager at the Fulmer Research Institute
  • Worked on long-term research in the general area of corrosion, especially on corrosion fatigue
  • Undertook many short-term failure investigations and other consultancy work
  • Joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre, UMIST in 1979, initially as a lecturer, then senior lecturer, reader, and professor

Active in the development of teaching in the field of corrosion, Professor Cottis was responsible for the development of a distance learning approach to the MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering.

He was the Director of the TLTP Consortium – which developed the Ecorr courseware to support corrosion teaching – and the founding editor of the open-access online Journal of Corrosion Science and Engineering.

In 2005 he was awarded the T.J. Hull Award of NACE International for services to NACE in the field of publications, and he is a NACE Fellow.

With the experience he has, you can expect the talk by Professor Cottis to light up this year’s Corrosion Science Symposium. To find out more, email Dr Julian Wharton at

You Can’t Keep Innovative Young Engineers Down

You Can’t Keep Innovative Young Engineers Down

Could you solve this case study and become a big winner?

The young engineers in the Institute of Corrosion’s Young Engineer Programme are an innovative bunch. There was no way that the coronavirus lockdown and curtailing of mass gatherings was going to stop them in their tracks.

Instead of in the elegant Royal Over-Seas League club in London, these intrepid young engineers gathered around their computer screens at home to learn of the 2020 Case Study that will be used to determine which group of young engineers will be the winners of this year’s star prize. It was the first time that an ICorr Young Engineers group had met online, but was so successful that it is unlikely to be the last.

2018’s Winning Young Engineers group whet appetites for success

With an appraisal of their winning case study from 2018, Caroline Allanach, Danny Burkle and Tim Evans whet the appetites for success of the young engineers in attendance online during the evening.

The insight they provided as to how they approached their task, and a critical assessment of their reaction and solution to the failure that occurred was both informative and entertaining. So, too, was their description of the prize they won – a tremendous trip to the 2019 NACE Conference in Nashville.

A corrosion conundrum is this year’s case study

There are seven participating groups in this year’s Young Engineer Programme case study, and they have been given quite a conundrum to unravel.

The case study was presented by Steve Paterson, from Arbeadie Consultants Ltd., who has a career of corrosion experience to draw on. He hasn’t made it easy for this year’s programme participants. Here is the scenario he has set:

  • Several leaks have been identified in the titanium piping in an onshore desalination plant
  • This plant is used to remove salts from mono-ethylene glycol
  • The plant is also used for hydration and corrosion control in gas pipelines from three offshore fields

At the end of the presentation, the 32 young engineers were posed with the problems they must work to overcome, which include:

  • How to perform a corrosion risk assessment to determine that the plant is safe to operate
  • Recommending alternative materials to use
  • Identifying what mitigation options could be used to prolong the life of this section of the desalination plant
  • Identifying the root cause of the corrosion

Online meetings can get lively!

The young engineers in this year’s intake come from 19 companies, and their specialities include mechanical and materials engineering, welding, materials, and more. With such diversity, you might expect a lively meeting when in a meeting room. It was hard to know what to expect online, though.

The discussions that followed the presentation of the case study proved that no matter how we get together, when there’s an interesting and provocative scenario put forward, online events can be just as lively as in-person meetings.

The range of experience and specialties were certainly put to the test, and the question and answer session proved to be the first opportunity for ideas and complexities to be explored.

In brief, a fruitful, useful and exciting meeting, aptly brought to a close by Trevor Osborne, a past President of the Institute of Corrosion, and Managing Director of Deepwater Corrosion services (UK) Ltd.

The big wait begins!

And so, the big wait begins. It will be several months before we learn which group of young engineers will be this year’s winner.

The groups now undertake further investigation, collaborating behind the scenes and aided by four more lectures, and the help of a mentor assigned to each group, before presenting their case studies in November.

Could you be a future winner in the Young Engineer Programme?

Watch this space! The Young Engineer Programme is held biannually. To learn how you could become a winner, visit our YEP pages or email the Institute of Corrosion at

Corrosion Science Symposium – Same Prestige in a New Format for 2020

Corrosion Science Symposium – Same Prestige in a New Format for 2020

Corrosion Science Symposium – The Same Prestige in a New Format for 2020

Could your abstract win the Lionel Shreir Award?

The Corrosion Science Symposium is one of the premier events in the Institute of Corrosion’s calendar. This year, circumstances looked like causing it to be cancelled. However, we’ve discovered that coronavirus, lockdown and social distancing are no match for innovative minds, willpower, and technology.

It’s not going to be quite the same as in previous years. But we think you’ll like what we’ve done to ensure the Corrosion Science Symposium is as equally engaging and enlightening an event as it has always been, since it was first held in 1959. The key to its success, as ever, is those who attend: you.

What is the Corrosion Science Symposium?

The Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS) has traditionally been a two-day event held in a prestigious location befitting of its status. The 60th CSS was held as part of Electrochem 2019, hosted by the University of Strathclyde’s Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

This is an informal meeting of the Corrosion Science Division in which corrosion scientists, corrosion engineers and PhD students can gather, receive talks on corrosion, and discuss relevant corrosion issues.

Though it is an informal event, the CSS does include certain formalities. Presentations of some of the Institute of Corrosion Awards are made during the CSS including:

  • The UR Evans Award – the premier scientific award of ICorr
  • The Lionel Shreir Award – for the outstanding student talk given during the CSS

A new format for new normal times

With a more unpredictable future than at any time in our history, the CSS has been moved from a physical space to cyberspace this year. While the exact format is still being finalised, we’ve set the date and the outline format.

We’re going online, but, rather than what we believe would be an intense two days of sitting in front of a screen, we’re extending to three or four sessions during the week beginning 14th September 2020.

Nearer the date, we’ll announce the exact format, times, and technology we’ll be using. One thing is for certain, though – being online, the CSS will be more accessible this year than it has ever been. Consequently, we are expecting many more international students to take part, and that could lead to some exciting competition for the Lionel Shreir Award.

What is the Lionel Shreir Award?

Lionel Louis Shreir set incredibly high standards during a career spanning engineering, research and education. A recipient of the UR Evans Award in 1978, he is, perhaps, best remembered for his encouragement and mentorship of young authors attempting to write papers.

It is fitting, therefore, that the Lionel Shreir Award is presented to the student who gives the best presentation at the CSS, with criteria for the award being:

  • The originality and creativity of research
  • Knowledge of corrosion science and practice
  • Clarity of presentation and rapport with audience
  • Clarity when answering questions

Get involved with the 61st CSS

Last year, presentations at the CSS included:

  • David Kumar (University of Bristol), who gave an interesting overview of his work on hot water corrosion issues related to fusion reactor cooling circuits
  • Mariana Folena (University of Leeds) reported on her studies into the role of acetic acid in CO2 top of line corrosion using real-time corrosion measurements
  • Jessica Moulton (University of Manchester) gave a good overview into her recent studies modelling the behaviour of aluminium flakes in marine coatings using agar gels
  • Amelia Langley (University of Bath) – the eventual winner of the Lionel Shreir Award for her talk entitled ‘Chaotic copper corrosion: the influence of dissolved gas on the anodic passivation of copper in model seawater’

We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for this year’s CSS. All you need to do is to send a 200-word abstract of a 10-minute presentation/talk you’d like to give. We’ll review the abstracts, and select those that we believe can be coordinated into a cohesive programme of presentations through the week.

The winner of the Lionel Shreir Award is selected during the CSS, and we currently plan to present the award online on the final evening – though we must still figure out the logistics of doing so!

To enter your abstract, please send to by Friday 17th July 2020. Those selected will then be contacted and asked to send an extended abstract by Friday 28th August.

A Week of Webinars to Combat Corrosion

A Week of Webinars to Combat Corrosion

Marine Corrosion Forum and ICorr Aberdeen Branch bring expertise to your laptop

The world is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries are in lockdown, and economies are on hold. But some things won’t let the coronavirus get in their way. Corrosion has a catastrophic effect on infrastructure and transport if it is ignored – just one reason why World Corrosion Awareness Day is so important.

Here at the Institute of Corrosion, we are also refusing to stand still. We understand that training and development is key to your personal success – especially during the coronavirus lockdown. The training and development initiatives that we have in place with our partners to help you with your CPD include many online options.

In this post, you’ll learn about another – a whole business week of hour-long webinars that are virtual and free, hosted by Phil Dent (Chair of the Marine Corrosion Forum) and Stephen Tate (Institute of Corrosion Aberdeen Branch).

Why a week of corrosion webinars?

The lockdown has disrupted almost all the training and events in the corrosion industry. Training providers and events organisers have had to cancel public events, and if these don’t take place then the industry is left with a void in the learning and sharing of information and innovation.

These webinars replace what would have been a full day event held in Aberdeen on 29th April.

When is the week of corrosion webinars?

The webinars will take place between April 27th and May 1st inclusive, with each webinar lasting an hour and starting at noon. Each is presented by an expert in their field. The time of the webinars has been selected to allow as many people to participate as possible.

How can I participate in the webinars?

Each webinar will follow the same format, and will be hosted on GoToMeeting:

  • A one-hour subject presentation
  • Q&A session via the chat box at the end of the presentation

How do I register for the webinars?

Registration couldn’t be easier. All you need do is head to the webinar registration page on the Marine Corrosion Forum website and register for the link to each webinar that you wish to attend.

When you register, you’ll be given the URL for attendance and an access code immediately, and your registration details will be sent via email.

What are the presentations?

The five webinars cover a range of key corrosion themes. Registering for them individually allows you to participate in those that are most relevant to you – or all five, of course. The webinars are:

  • The Six Core Elements of Asset Management – April 27th
  • Corrosion Under Insulation Online Monitoring with Electro-Magnetic Guided Radar (EMGR) – April 28th
  • Hot Topic: Cold Bonding, Using Epoxy Adhesives in Place of Hot Metal Welding – April 29th
  • An Overview of the Corrosion of Metals in Seawater (And What to Look for) – April 30th
  • Exploring High Pressure CO2 Annular Corrosion in Flexible Pipes – May 1st

Tell me more about the webinars

Here’s a little insight about each of the webinars.

The Six Core Elements of Asset Management

27th April 2020, 12pm

Register for this webinar here

Presented by Adam Lea-Bischinger CEng CMgr MEng CMRP Eur. Ing of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), this presentation examines the critical work of the IAM and the development and rollout of ISO 55000 which defines terminology, requirements, and guidance for implementing, maintaining and improving an effective asset management system. The presentation includes examples of UK companies operating the ISO 55000 system.

Corrosion Under Insulation Online Monitoring with Electro-Magnetic Guided Radar (EMGR)

28th April 2020, 12pm

Register for this webinar here

Presented by Dr Prafull Sharma, an inventor and Chief Technology Officer of CorrosionRADAR Ltd., you’ll learn why corrosion under insulation (CUI) continues to be a big challenge for the asset integrity management of industrial facilities, and about the growing trend to remotely monitor corrosion in accessible locations using wireless connectivity and battery-powered devices. You’ll also learn about the latest innovative sensor system for monitoring CUI that has been developed by CorrosionRADAR.

Hot Topic: Cold Bonding, Using Epoxy Adhesives in Place of Hot Metal Welding

29th April 2020, 12pm

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Presented by Henry Smith, UK Technical Supervisor of Belzona Polymerics Ltd, this webinar examines the options available to the offshore fabric maintenance engineer when it is not possible or preferable to weld, and discusses viable solutions using bonding or cold-welding technologies. You will benefit from references to case histories, from initial design to installation and ongoing inspection.

An Overview of the Corrosion of Metals in Seawater (And What to Look for)

30th April 2020, 12pm

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Presented by Carol Powell BSc, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and independent consultant, this webinar provides a brief overview of the world of metals and their response to one of the most aggressive environments there is, giving examples of the types of corrosion which can occur and how to avoid them.

Exploring High Pressure CO2 Annular Corrosion in Flexible Pipes

1st May 2020, 12pm

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Presented by Maria-Eleni Mitzithra PhD and Senior Project Leader for Corrosion at TWI Ltd., this webinar focuses on the work conducted by Mitzithra and tests carried out in a lab-scale test system designed and built at TWI Ltd. for the simulation of complex annulus environments, describing corrosion rates and the link to stability, structure, and thickness of the precipitated iron carbonate scaling.

A positive response with online training and events

This week of webinars replaces the MCF meeting in Aberdeen that was due to be held on 29th April. The Institute of Corrosion has partnered with MCF to offer these webinars as an alternative, and opened them to members and non-members of ICorr and MCF. You’ll be able to gain insight into the subjects that were to be presented and discussed at the Aberdeen meeting from home, work, or other location, and it’s free of charge.

As the lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we are proud to bring you online options like this to help you continue your personal professional growth – just one example of the benefits of membership of the Institute of Corrosion.

For details about membership of the Institute of Corrosion, visit our membership page.